WHAT IS ZEN? The mind/body discipline transmitted by Zen Buddhism has been passed down from teacher to student in India, China, Japan, and now the United States, for over two thousand years. Zen meditation combines posture, breathing and meditative technique to develop relaxation, a clear, concentrated mind, and spiritual insight. The basic questions of existence – “who am I?”, “what is life?”, “why am I here?” – these are the questions that Zen addresses. A person who can courageously and with patience seek answers to these questions through deep practice is one who can gain the benefits of Zen: compassion for others, calm and focus in the face of hardship, wisdom, and a deep sense of peace amidst the turmoil of daily life.
IS ZEN A RELIGION? Although the teachings of Zen have been passed down as one stream within the great river of philosophy and practice called Buddhism, Zen itself is not a religion in the western sense. Rather, it is a systematic practice of deeply exploring and seeing the true foundations of your own existence. There are no beliefs or doctrines required to practice Zen meditation other than the belief that it may help you! If you are a Buddhist or interested in Buddhism, Zen can help you understand the essence of that tradition. If you have other religious beliefs or a spiritual path, the practice of Zen can help you to develop a greater understanding of what it actually means to be “religious” or “spiritual” and to more fully live a life in accord with your own beliefs. Persons of any background are welcome to practice meditation with us, and you do not need to convert to Buddhism, or any other kind of ‘-ism’, in order to gain benefit from this practice.
HOW DO I BEGIN TRAINING? The Rinzai Zen Community of Grand Rapids meets at the Kyoseikan Dojo, they meet regularly to practice Zen, discuss Zen principles and ideas, and to share experiences.
Beginners are always welcome and will receive instruction in Zen meditation. Classes and Zazen Sessions are $5.00. A modest monthly fee can always be set up.
We are very pleased to have the areas only formal Rinzai Zen Center. Thanks to Meido Moore Roshi and his efforts, our Zen program is alive and well, and growing.
Our program is unique in it’s operation, culture, and values. We exist to better our world through the combined efforts of students, teachers, and the community. Our training methods and goals are not for everyone, but we believe we are holding true to the spirit of Budo.
The RINZAI ZEN COMMUNITY of GRAND RAPIDS is under the guidance of Meido Zentetsu (Moore) Roshi. Meido Moore began Zen training in 1988, and trained under Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji, Dogen Hosokawa Roshi and So’zan Miller Roshi. He was ordained in 2005 and received inka shomei (recognition as a Rinzai Dharma successor) in 2008. He founded RZC in 2010 and was appointed abbot of Korinji, RZC’s rural monastery, in 2011. He is additionally a teacher of traditional martial arts.